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Opinion

  • Dear Editor,

    Now that Mr. Jimmy Higdon has won the state senate special election by making vague and misleading statements on the national healthcare debate and negative comments about national politicians, I hope he will now turn his attention to the many local health, education and regressive taxation issues that affect the lives of every Kentuckian.

  • I never feel so alive or at peace with the world as when something or someone makes me laugh.  

    Three weeks ago, I wrote a short funny column about my friend, S. Wiley, and I ended it with sending him to Mark Simms for a job interview. Mark replied last week with a very funny column where S. Wiley comes to visit him.  Put the two columns together and you have the whole story.

  • Finally. It’s all over. At least for a little while.

    Now, when I go home, I won’t find a door hanger on the knob asking me to vote for this person, or telling me how bad that guy is, and how his opponent is a much better person, citizen and candidate for office.

    Politics are important in the way our government operates, and I understand that, but I still get sick and tired of them after all of the commercials blasting the candidates.

  • There are three surefire signs of getting old.  The first is forgetfulness.  I don’t remember what the other two are.

    Must not have been important.

    Anyway, now that I’m in the upper part of middle age, I can tell you that my memory isn’t what it use to be.  If I didn’t, then Cindy would.

  • Editor’s note: The following is a guest letter by Mark Simms, president of M&J Construction in Springfield. Simms and his company were referenced in a Nov. 25 article by Sun columnist Ken Begley, and he writes the following in reply.

    Dear Mr. Begley,

  • Dear Editor,

    Please accept this letter as my endorsement for Rep. Jimmy Higdon for State Senate.  I want to encourage everyone in Washington (part of the 54th House District which I represent,) Mercer, Taylor, Marion, and Nelson counties to go out on Dec. 8 and cast your vote for Jimmy Higdon. 

  • This electronic, microchip-driven world we live in never ceases to amaze me. Electronic gadgets and gizmos that weren’t around a few years ago now seem to be indispensable to most people.  You know what I mean.  We have cell phones, Internet, Facebook, e-mail, texting, computers, pagers, fax machines, and on and on.

  • If you’re looking for entertainment that’s different and will brighten up your day, then come on down to the Opera House in Springfield to see “A Tuna Christmas."

     

     It’s showing at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 21, then again on Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.  

     

  • Dear Editor,

    Although I am a resident of Marion County and have known Jimmy Higdon for many years, I would like to urge the voters of Washington County to vote for Jodie Haydon in the December 8th special election for State Senator.

  • November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the month we celebrate the Great American Smokeout. On Nov. 19, many Americans will participate in the Great American Smokeout which is a day that honors people’s efforts to stop smoking - for a day, for weeks, forever. Are you ready?

  • Dear Editor,

    There is a provision in the “Healthcare” (power grab) bill that would put Planned Parenthood clinics inside your child’s school, according to the American Family Association of Tupelo, Miss.! Isn’t 52,000,000 killed by abortion enough? It’s a mean group that wants to kill the unborn; to saddle the grandchildren with tremendous debt; and to tell grandma to take pain pills instead of having the operation!

  • When then-Governor Ronald Reagan introduced returning POW John McCain at a speaking engagement in 1974, the future president asked, “Where do we find such men?”

    He was speaking of many veterans, when he answered, “We find them in our streets, in the office, the shops and the working places of our country and on the farms.”

    In other words, President Reagan was referring to ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. And it isn’t just the men.

  • “Surrounded?  I like to be surrounded.”

    Unknown U.S. Army Ranger

    I love that quote.

    The story behind it involves a convoy that had been ambushed by Taliban fighters in some forsaken mountain pass in Afghanistan.  The fight carried on for some time with the Taliban closing in.  Frantic radio calls for help seemed to go unanswered.  The officer leading the convoy began to expect the worst would happen. 

  • Hey everybody! How’s it going?

    The old “Great Recession” seems to still have a lot of steam left, doesn’t it?  Well, let me tell you, things are pretty sparse around the old Begley household while I wait for my next paycheck.  

    The other day we were down to our last jar of peanut better with only dribs and drabs left.  We had one  final piece of bread, as well.  So, being the good dad that I am, I decided to make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the kids got full benefit.  

  • To the Editor,

    I have lived here in Willisburg for the last 25 years.  It is a little town in North Washington County that many like myself call home. 

  • It all started with a purse.

    A very, very expensive purse named “Stevie.”

    No, really, I’m serious. The very, very expensive purse’s name - or its design rather - was “Stevie.”

    So, obviously, it was the perfect gift for my twin sister to surprise me with on our 30th birthday. You see, I had never been the “expensive purse” type. Give me a cheap handbag from one of our local department stores (or should I say our only department store) and I was good to go. That is, before I was introduced to “Stevie.”

  • The other day, my wife was picking out a newborn baby gift for a friend.  It was their  first kid.  We were at Wal-Mart and she asked me,  “Should I get diapers or an outfit?”  I replied,  “How about duct tape and rubber cement glue instead?”

    She gave me a look too tired and disinterested to even ask for an interpretation.  “I think I’ll just put money in a card instead.”

  • The Central Kentucky Youth Actors will be performing Dracula at the Opera House on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.  My little girl, Jenny, is in the play, and I’ll be watching the Sunday performance.  Come on out and see what these kids can do on stage, and we can talk at intermission.  That is unless I owe you money or something.

    You know what?  You don’t?  Well that’s what I’m here for.  I’ll tell you what.

  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    This year, more than 182,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women, following only lung cancer. While the disease affects primarily women, approximately 1,700 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year as well.

  • Talk about a great day; we sure had one in Springfield Sunday.

    After a weather delay on Friday, Sunday saw sunshine and blue skies as the crew of Two Popes Production Company began filming a TV commercial for Bluegrass Cellular on Main Street.

    When filming was ready to begin, Kathy Elliott and the folks at Springfield City Hall made it known that they needed extras for the shoot. A few people showed up early Sunday morning, and lots of others came later that afternoon for the parade scene.